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Heinrich von Herzogenberg: Violin Concerto WoO4; Odysseus

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>Herzogenberg, Heinrich von : Concerto for Violin & orchestra in A major, Wo0 4
>Herzogenberg, Heinrich von : Odysseus, symphony for large orchestra, Op. 16

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>Herzogenberg, Heinrich von : Concerto for Violin & orchestra in A major, Wo0 4
>Herzogenberg, Heinrich von : Odysseus, symphony for large orchestra, Op. 16
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Notes & Reviews:

Hard to believe but true: during his youth Heinrich von Herzogenberg, whose closeness to Brahms often seems to amount to certified self-denial, was an avid adherent of Richard Wagner and the artistic ideal of the New Germans led by Franz Liszt. The musico-dramatic acuity of his great four-movement symphonic poem Odysseus offers astonishing testimony to this early phase. His conversion "from Saul to Paul" followed almost directly after his completion of this score in 1872 - with the Bach biographer Philipp Spitta also influencing this new orientation. At the end of a developmental process that Herzogenberg experienced as a "molting," he resolutely turned away from Wagner's music of the future and clearly turned to the party of the traditionalists. His Violin Concerto of 1889, composed in Italy, attests to this turn without being epigonic.

"Overall, there's a conscious effort for the orchestration to be colorful- a tendency he toned down in his later symphonies...Odysseus remains an interesting and often beautiful sign post to a path not taken. The performances- Ulf Wallin's especially- are exemplary. The circe movement of the symphony could be faster, but we're unlikely to have another recording, and this one more than suffices. CPO's recorded sound is, as usual, first class."-American Record Guide

International Record Review
Nobody would call Odysseus a perfect work; but it's highly enjoyable and fairly brimming with talent...The later, very different Herzogenberg is represented by the Violin Concerto...a lovely, predominantly lyrical work...the orchestra and Frank Beermann sound as if they are enjoying themselves throughout, as well they might.

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Recording information: Saarländischer Rundfunk Groáer Sendesaal.



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>Herzogenberg, Heinrich von : Concerto for Violin & orchestra in A major, Wo0 4
  • Performer: Ulf Wallin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Frank Beermann
  • Notes: Saarländischer Rundfunk Groáer Sendesaal (01/08/2007/01/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herzogenberg, Heinrich von : Odysseus, symphony for large orchestra, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Frank Beermann
  • Notes: Saarländischer Rundfunk Groáer Sendesaal (01/10/2007-01/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872